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  • Advanced wound therapy helps Laurie resident

  • They say time heals all wounds. But without advanced therapy, some wounds can take months or longer to heal. If untreated, some may even lead to amputation.

    At age 51, Sherri Barnes was facing the amputation of her right big toe and a portion of her foot.
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    • Lake Regional Wound Healing Center

      Lake Regional Wound Healing Center provides specialized treatment for diabetic skin ulcers and other skin, bone and tissue conditions, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The HBO chambers surro...

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      Lake Regional Wound Healing Center

      Lake Regional Wound Healing Center provides specialized treatment for diabetic skin ulcers and other skin, bone and tissue conditions, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The HBO chambers surround patients with 100 percent oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure.



       "This painless therapy allows the wound to heal from the inside out," says Cody Fox, DPM. 



       Likely candidates for treatment are individuals suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections, late effect radiation injuries, compromised skin grafts and flaps, and wounds that haven't healed within 30 days. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 573-302-2990.

  • They say time heals all wounds. But without advanced therapy, some wounds can take months or longer to heal. If untreated, some may even lead to amputation.
     At age 51, Sherri Barnes was facing the amputation of her right big toe and a portion of her foot.
     “I was really scared and didn’t want that to happen,” she says. “It’s part of my body, and I want to keep it.”
     The trouble began more than a year ago, when Barnes, a diabetic, lost her toenail. Although her blood sugar has been well controlled for the past few years, diabetes can compromise the circulatory system in the legs and feet, making it difficult for wounds to heal properly.
     Barnes, who works in a grocery store bakery, cares for her two granddaughters, Lilly, 6, and Bailey, 2, weekday afternoons. These activities kept Barnes on her feet and prevented the wound from healing.
     “After several rounds of the nail growing back and then falling off again, it progressed to a really bad infection and the bone was exposed,” Barnes says. “It was incredibly painful.”
     After a trip to the emergency department in October 2013, Barnes was referred to foot and ankle specialist Cody Fox, DPM, at Lake Regional Podiatry.
     “For nine of out 10 people in Sherri’s condition, amputation would be the only option,” says Fox, who commonly treats diabetic wounds. “Chronic wounds can lead to deep infections that involve bone and can eventually lead to nonviable bone. Fortunately, Sherri acted soon enough that treatment was still possible.”
     Fox, who treats patients at Lake Regional Wound Healing Center one day a week in addition to his clinic and surgery practice, says hyperbaric oxygen treatments can help patients who have bone infections, called osteomyelitis. But, the treatments require dedication.
     “Sherri was motivated,” Fox says. “She understood the seriousness of her injury, and she wanted to do everything she could to save the toe. And, obviously we want to do everything we can to prevent amputation.”
     Barnes visited Lake Regional’s Multi-services department for six weeks for IV antibiotics, as well as 20 daily visits to the Wound Healing Center, Monday through Friday, for two-hour HBO treatments.
     “We talked about amputation, and I was so relieved when Dr. Fox said we could try HBO therapy,” Barnes says. “I was willing to do whatever was necessary, whatever the doctor suggested.”
     Now, after the specialized treatment, Barnes is looking forward to the future wound-free.
     “Thank goodness for Dr. Fox and all of the nurses at Lake Regional Wound Healing Center,” Barnes says. “I’m not quite ready to wear sandals, but I can keep my balance really well and I’m returning to work soon. I couldn’t have done that without their help.”
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